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Autori In Gioco 2018

Playtests are the only form of games that I play. Here while we are testing dungeons for miniatures.


The card game about missing cats with its luxury original artwork.

And now a convention only for people who wants to show their games to propose them to editors and to playtesters. In this order. It was located inside a sort of hospice with a section for people who suffers of Alzheimer. On the other side of the road the Italian centre of secret services. Yes, it is weird. However some games were weird too.



And here to hunt some witches.




An original idea from some friend of ours. I hope to see this game published when it will be developed in its final form.

More weirdness in the coatroom: Christ of the crutches.

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Damon in Rome

Damon went to visit his Ganesha Games colleagues here in Rome for two times from Malaysia, at the end of 2016 and at the start of 2017. Here in the photo a cocky Roman seagull saw during his tourist visit.

Here we are in ARSM club headquarters for some playing. Together with us Damon’s wife and Luca with his two hooligans. Rogue Stars and Run from the Dead on the menu.




Some time after, and some degrees up, at my home for more playing. And to test Star Eagles with 3D printed ships.




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Let’s try Faustus Furius – 2016

In the 2016 I worked on Faustus Furius, the race game by Nic Wright. I suggested some rules for the book, later I translated it in Italian.
You can see here the first stage of my involvement with chariots made with simple paper and a track consisted of my mother table with a ruler.


Then I built together with my father 8 Roman chariots of the 4 colours. My mother sewed a track made of felted fabric: white for marble and yellow for sand. Here a playtest session with Diego & Diego.


And as addendum a playtest session in the same day for another game by Nic Wright: Blood, Sweat and Cheers.

I brought my fabric terrain and my chariots at conventions in Italy, as Lucca.

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Weekend with bunnies

I’m returned from Lucca. Still alive, almost. New adventures are waiting us, but now it is better to narrate the old ones. As this long weekend with Andrea in Rome. The time to do something related to miniatures and something different.

In spare time we dedicated our efforts in playtesting for Ganesha Games. Now I have got a real 180×120 table to use over my kitchen table. The test was so even for the new table.

The Friday night we had a presentation of the new edition of the class on game writing. Together with Andrea another Andrea, of Wing of War fame.

We were in a museum of modern art where once a month they organise Macro Games Night. Inside the museum restaurant, people can eat, and then play with boardgames and wargames. A great suggestive location, a terrace in the middle of building built at the start of 1900. Young people everywhere, a lot of games. I haven’t photos of that night, pity.

The day after, in the first afternoon we played a game of Rogue Stars with the restaurant owners. We used one of the tables for buffet. Note dishes and cutlery under it.

The Saturday night we tasted in a new shop near my house a Chinese delicatessen: bubble tea. It is really weird, but I can taste it here instead to go to Taiwan. So I save a lot of money.

And Sunday was the day for a fair about bunnies. Their owners have an occasion to meet and to present real field to their little friends.

How to test your bunny with a high hurdles if bunnies are not interested in high hurdles?

To end, a photo of a really nice chap.

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Playtest, demo and class

Here the report of a long weekend with Andrea in Rome at my new, and still almost empty, house. We rallied a lot of things and events in 4 days. To begin, we held some playtests about next Ganesha games. This one is about mutant apes.

And this one is about that old project that we are developing through these last years. Maybe this one is the final effort. However we are speaking about 2017.

Other things were tested and other ideas were submitted. Diego join us for a couple of half days and this is a moment of relax in a patisserie.

We passed the Friday night at a game shop in the opposite part of Rome. Andrea presented his kind of games with a demo of Advanced Song of Blade and Heroes.

Here the Mjolnir shop and an exposition of Ganesha Games books. They are too much to show, indeed. Free apple pie for everyone. However chatting went from Friday to the first hours of Saturday…

Saturday afternoon was the time for the class on game design. In this photo Andrea seems a priest on a pulpit.

After the lesson, a direct check to the game projects of the people. There are very different ideas and kinds of games, with Andrea and the organisers that are trying to address them to their realisation.

And the Sunday was the time for Romics. But that is another post…

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Playtest and class

Another day of work on games. My new house as playtest studio. As first game we tried one of those you saw a couple of weeks ago. Game mechanics need some tweaks, but we are on the right path. We have to show it in April to another game publishing company. The other game is ready, book format too. Today I will print my beta copy. A supplement is ready too, and another one is playtested in these days. I’m thinking to add a supplement with gladiators in the future. This new game series is a surprise. Out in 2016 among other projects as kickstarters.

As second playtest phase we played with the newest version of Song of Spear and Shield. This is a very old project that is on development since the firsts years of Ganesha Games. Now we found another game mechanic for it. Are we satisfied with it? I dunno, however I think that this is 2017 matter, even if I wish to play with it.

Later in the day Andrea spoke at a class on game design here in Rome. In some weeks he will keep a full 3 hour lesson for it. It is a class about developing personal games, teaching notions about marketing, game designing, graphic realisations and all these elements. An interesting thing.

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Playtesting the new house

Suddenly the construction workers decided to complete some works for my new house. It’s not complete, it is still an empty shell, but it is almost clean. And with doors and windows, lights and loo. Only a kitchen table and garden plastic chairs. So at the last moment I organised a playtest Saturday at my new home. Andrea, Diego and the other Diego were here.

We playtested the newest games by Ganesha Games. I don’t intend to explain what is on the censored photos. You will know in the future. However it not what you can think. I can only say that dices are involved…

More secrets. This is another different kind of game. And it is almost complete with its development. Some drawings are realised too.

More news in the future for the games, and a full report for the house. Here instead a selfie with four mates after their games.

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Legio Palatina reunion

Even this year we celebrated a Legio Palatina reunion. Partial, as usual due to logistical problems. We were in Canino, at Narciso’s house. Special guests Andrea from Terni, and two Narciso’s friends for a visit.

We were still in solstice holidays (Christmas and so on for almost two-three weeks) mood so a mjed bottle and pandoro before the battles. And while Narciso is picking some miniatures, Diego is picking a pandoro slice.

As first instance a couple of playtest games of Fortebraccio. Still minor tweaks on cards. When will have illustrations on cards this game kills. We like it very much. Expansions are planned. In June we will play it in a tournament in Perugia. The game is designed to celebrate the Saint’Egidio battle of the 12th of July 1416. 600 years ago. The game is commissioned by Perugia comune.

After pizza at lunch, in the afternoon a mega battle with HOTT. We didn’t remind all the rules because we are more DBA chaps. But the emphasis was on fun. Sadly my faction (Chaos) was exterminated by misfortune. However I lost my Fortebraccio game too. I don’t care, it was a great day.

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